COVID-19 Update

Molecular Diagnostics Vanessa Young

James Hutton Limited is still open for business to support essential activities in the agrifood, energy and water supply chains.  We are happy to discuss any way that we can support your business with our crop science, contract research or analytical expertise. 

Throughout the COVID19 crisis, the James Hutton Institute is doing all it can to support the country and our key sectors: 

  • The Scottish Government and the National Health Service are reviewing our capabilities and we’re waiting to hear about testing in our laboratories and/or using our equipment and staff.
  • The Institute has lent 2x QIAcube HT instruments to the National Health Service for COVID19 testing, one is with NHS Lanarkshire and the other is with NHS Highland.  These analytical instruments do high throughput nucleic acid extractions.  
  • We’ve donated some of our personal protective equipment, including a significant number of masks, safety glasses, gloves and overshoes. We are also trying to source and release more stock to help care workers.
  • We are facilitating the use of our high-performance computing capabilities to researchers helping Colombian authorities analyse data and understand the epidemiology of the pandemic there.
  • Many Hutton group staff are volunteering to help individuals, communities and charities.

As the commercial subsidiary, James Hutton Limited continues to supply high quality analytical services to support key sectors including FTIR analysis for approved alcohol content in hand sanitiser. 

We are observing social distancing and PPE guidelines in our laboratories, glasshouses and fields so that essential work can continue throughout these very different areas of our business.  The majority of staff are working at home where it is possible for them to do so and only essential employees are allowed on site.   If you need to contact any member of the team, we are available by email, by telephone or simply contact us through the website. 

We hope that your businesses are coping in these difficult times and our thoughts are with everyone affected by this pandemic.